August 2006

For nearly three centuries, Colchester, Conn., has been a market center for the region. Located between the industrial, commercial center of Greater Hartford and the burgeoning recreational centers of Southeastern Connecticut, the city is one of the...
Since the first public water systems were created in the 1800s, water meters have been installed in basements or pits to prevent freezing; unfortunately, their locations make them difficult to read. Beginning in the 1960s, manufacturers began to develop...
California’s San Bernardino County, the nation’s largest with an area of some 20,105 sq miles, has been growing rapidly for more than four decades. Located in the southeast part of the state, its geography extends eastward from the outskirts of the Los...
In recent months, the editorial staff of Water & Wastes Digest has noticed a rather disturbing trend—the number of wastewater-related spills in the U.S. has increased, dramatically. Admittedly, we have not conducted a formal scientific study on the...
When the U.S. EPA announced it was decreasing the acceptable amount of arsenic in drinking water from 50 to 10 ppb, many U.S. water purveyors were faced with the challenge of designing, constructing and operating new treatment facilities to meet the...
Dallas is known for many things: oil, cattle, shopping centers, football and even a long-running television series. The city’s southern hospitality, however, is what many attendees of the Water Environment Federation’s 79th Annual Technical Exhibition...
Street-closing water main breaks may send hundreds of gallons per minute into a utility’s water losses, but they’re not the biggest water wasters for most organizations, according to engineers at Flow Metrix, Inc., an 11-year-old manufacturer of leak-...
As utilities have added customers over the years, managers look for ways to gather meter data more efficiently. If the utility distributes multiple products—electricity, water, natural gas—or serves a diverse service area, multiple types of meter reading...
Most water utilities that were early adopters of automatic meter reading (AMR) technology are now fretting about battery replacement. But it wasn't the batteries that went kaput for the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), a utility providing 55 mgd...

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